Descriptive Essay : ' Public Transportation '

1147 Words Sep 24th, 2015 5 Pages
The phrase ‘public transportation’ most likely calls to mind images of obnoxious crowds, anxiety about being late, and a breeding ground for the next plague. Thinking of my daily commute on the DC metro calls to mind these images, but it also makes me think of a sacred space, a place for quiet reflection. These two different accounts of the same phenomena create a unique experience that can be further explained through phenomenological discourse through the descriptive critical method.
This morning, I’m probably running late because of who I am as a person, and after anxiously checking the digital display every 30 seconds, finally getting on the trail will be a relief. In the panicked moments before it arrives, my thoughts are all about the train. Not that it is all I can think about, but rather the train is the object my thoughts are directed toward, the object that my consciousness is about. This act of my consciousness is intentionality. The hustle of frantic morning commuters and speedy trains flying past me is a metaphor for the temporal way in which we experience the world. If I stand still and let my eyes glaze over, everything becomes blurred chaos and indistinguishable movement. The intentionality of my consciousness is akin to regaining focus in my eyes: it turns the chaos or temporal flow I experience into a cohesive, coherent object that my mind or focus is directed towards. Much to my dismay, my train is delayed because it is directly behind the train on the…

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